T-Mobile is readying its support for its upcoming iPhone on its AWS network. We’ve known for some time now that the iPhone 5 doesn’t support T-Mo’s 1700 MHz 3G band but it can be modified to work. According to TMoNews, Magenta plans to push out a carrier update on April 5th enabling LTE and Visual Voicemail among other features to the iPhone 5. This is an Apple update so folks won’t have to wait for it to hit their device in some weird random rollout, instead, it should hit all devices around the same time.
Notes sent to the news sites email mentions a thing called “network/device optimizations,” but little is known as to what it means. We assume it has everything to do with enabling T-Mobile LTE support, similar to what is being done with the latest Jailbreak mod.
Here’s the notes TmoNews received:
“The T-Mobile Carrier Update is a minor iOS software update that enables official iPhone support by T-Mobile. When installed, the software update enables a handful of capabilities like Visual Voicemail, MMS Settings and Network/Device optimizations that customers do not have access to today. On April 5, the software update will begin being pushed via OTA to all iPhone devices on the T-Mobile network with iOS 6.1.x or higher.”
A move like this would be perfect in assisting T-Mobile’s new strategy, as it promotes its new “Un-carrier” plans. Getting people to bring their unlocked iPhones to the network is a win.
Stay tuned as more information begins to develop…